As part of today's 10th anniversary celebration for League of Legends, Riot Games confirmed it is working on several new games and projects, ranging from a mobile version of its popular MOBA to a card game, board game, fighting game, and an animated series.
In a segment aired during the broadcast, Riot took viewers through a number of its various projects currently in development by the League of Legends developer. Some of these have already been confirmed, like a new fighting game coming from one of Rising Thunder's developers. Several others had been rumored, but all were confirmed in one big go.
Wild Rift is a mobile and console version of League of Legends, set to launch sometime next year as a free-to-play game. It's essentially League of Legends, but smaller, faster, and built with a different control scheme. It'll also only launch with 40 of League's roster, but more are set to arrive after it's out. You can pre-register for the mobile version on Wild Rift's site.
Legends of Runeterra is Riot's new League-themed card game, and it draws immediate comparisons to Hearthstone. Each player picks up a deck packed with both League of Legends champions and characters from the game's universe. And if you're familiar with any Magic: The Gathering-like card game, it's going to feel familiar. Early play periods are set to run this year, leading up to a launch sometime in 2020. You can try your luck at getting into one of the pre-launch sessions over on Runeterra's site.
A little bit of off-screen footage and early gameplay was also shown of its untitled fighting game—dubbed Project L—currently being developed. On the broadcast, you could spot several characters like Katarina, Jinx, Ahri, and Darius, as well as some pretty sick Riot-themed arcade cabinets. This game didn't see much in the way of new info, but the single clip of Darius using what looks like a command-grab axe hook already has me on board.
The biggest surprise was the reveal of a new tactical shooter, codenamed Project A. This looks like it's a little bit Overwatch and a little bit Counter-Strike, with Riot's colorful design and a world that seems pretty distinct from League of Legends compared to the other projects Riot premiered. Characters seem to have abilities like walls they can put up, headshots, and pretty much what you'd expect from a competitive FPS.
Announcing "Project A", our character-based tactical shooter set in a near-future Earth. pic.twitter.com/wqEXl0Hxbn- Riot Games (@riotgames) October 16, 2019
There were a few other projects given quick glimpses, like Project F, an early experience about exploring Runeterra, League's world with friends, and an esports manager game. There's also a documentary in production and a new non-profit fund by Riot focused on making a global impact via skin sales profits.
Riot closed things out with one last trailer for Arcane, a new animated series set in the League of Legends universe. While Riot has dabbled with animated features in the past for champion reveals and music videos, this is looks like a full story set within the universe and featuring League champions like Jinx.
While Riot Games already has Teamfight Tactics, which it launched earlier this year as a game separate from League of Legends proper, it looks like Riot is really looking to solidify its presence outside the MOBA-sphere. Most of these projects look to be very early in development, with launches and information trickling out sometime in 2020.
Riot has not had the most uneventful 2019, but 10 years since the launch of League of Legends, it looks like Riot Games is ready to expand outwards beyond just Summoner's Rift. It'll be interesting to see how all these projects turn out.